Thursday, April 17, 2014

Recap Número Trois

Posted by CheapRunnerMichelle

As you all know, we ran the Run for Retina race this last Sunday. On Saturday while I was at work, Mike and the kids went and picked up our race packets. When Mike picked me up from work that day, he told me that I had won a prize. did that happen already?!? What the race director had decided to do was pre-draw all the door prize bib #'s and then they marked the back of your bib if your # was selected


What a great idea. This meant not having to stand around until the end of the day waiting for them to draw #'s in hopes of being there to win. Our "swag" came in a reusable drawstring bag


And although there was a problem with the female shirts arriving, the last minute replacements are very nice


After a pretty wicked thunder and lightening storm the night before (that was supposed to last into the better part of the day on Sunday), it was a pleasant surprise to wake up to no rain on Sunday morning. We got up and headed out around 8:30 and we has no problem finding parking right beside the park where the race was being held. After we saw Mike and the girls (R and her sis) off on their 1/2 marathon...K and I still had a 1/2 hour until our 5k race started. We hit up the information table to claim my door prize


Pretty shweet!!!! Not too shabby for a race that didn't even cost me that much! Then we hit up the port-a-potties for pre-race pit stop. At that point the 1/2 marathoners were looping back around after their turn-around so he headed over to go cheer for Mike and the girls. After we gave some hi-fives it was time for K and I to go line up to start our 5k


After my completely miserable last race - ATB - I had not actually run at all since then (since I needed to let my body heal), so I went into this race with no expectations...and I even decided to run "naked" (I didn't wear my running watch). My goal was to run the race at a comfortable pace, and to finish the race and not feel like garbage. I'm happy to announce that mission was completed...I finished in 33min and change. Certainly not a PR time for me...but I finished the race in one piece and my body felt like it should after a race. I had a good time, and actually really enjoyed running without my watch. It allowed me to just be in the moment, and enjoy what I was doing - as opposed to worrying and constantly checking my pace and numbers. And although it was not my best 5k race time, I was super stoked to see that I finished 31 out of 135ish in my age category. All the finishers received medals too...which is always nice for a smaller race...and a 5k


After I finished I went to go see K finish. She has really been wanting to complete a 5k in 40min (I believe her best 5k time was about 42min and change)...well...she did it!!!! She finished in 40min 55sec!!!! So proud of her - she rocked it!


I had a great time at the race, and will definitely be back next year again!!!

Anyone else ever run a race "naked"?

Any race door prize winners?!?...what did you win?


  1. I love all of the swag and that medal! Awesome job and your daughter is a mini running rockstar like you!!!

  2. She was sooo excited to hit her goal...she didn't think she was going to be able to do it that day...that was just her goal for this proud of her!

  3. Amy @ fitnessmeetsfrosting.comApril 17, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Woo love the swag! What a fun surprise! Congrats to you and K! She did awesome! Before my first half marathon in October of last year, I always ran races "naked." I also never trained for them (5Ks only) because I hated running haha. I only ran when someone asked me to do a 5K with them.

  4. 17, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Wow, awesome door prize! And congrats to both of you for reaching your goals.
    My one and only door prize was a pair of running sleeves. They were a great thing to get as a prize because I don't think I would have ever thought to buy them but now they are one of my favourite things in my running gear bag.

  5. Sugar Coated SheridanApril 17, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Congratulations to you both!! That's wonderful :)

  6. So glad the race was a good experience for you and awesome job to K!!! Love that she is smiling at the end!
    Super nice door prize - very cool!

  7. Kennedy just told me last night that she's a better racer then

  8. Isn't it sweet...especially for the 1st race door prize that I have ever won!

  9. My 2 fellow cheapRunners both run with arm you I've never really considered them...maybe one of these days I'll branch out and try them